Ottawa Activity Guide


Hiking Trails

Gatineau Park: Measuring 361 square kilometres, Gatineau Park provides excellent hiking and mountain biking trails in a natural setting. The park is perfect for families who want a short hike with their children, but also suits serious hikers and mountain bikers looking for a challenge. Information about trails and paths is available at the Gatineau Park Visitors Centre or by calling the National Capital Commission at (613) 239-5555 (local) or 1 800 704-8227 (toll free). Admission is free.

Greenbelt: Ottawa is fortunate enough to have a publicly owned greenbelt; it is a 20,000 hectare expanse of land, including wetlands, farmlands and forests.. The Greenbelt includes Stony Swamp Conservation Area, Pinhey Forest, Greens Creek and the Mer Bleu Bog. For information about the Greenbelt trails, contact the National Capital Commission at (613) 239-5555 (local) or 1 800 704-8227.

Rideau Trail: The Rideau Trail is a 387-kilometre hiking trail that runs along the Rideau Canal and connects Ottawa and Kingston. Intended for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, this trail crosses farmland and rugged Canadian Shield terrain. For information about the Rideau Trail or to purchase a guidebook, contact the Rideau Trail Association at 1-613-545-0823.

Hiking Clubs

Ottawa Rambling Club: Organizing hiking trips both locally and out of town, this club also meets for cross-country skiing in the winter.

Ottawa Outing Club on Scott Street: Offering sports excursions year-round, the Ottawa Outing Club has been taking people away from it all for over 20 years. 613 729 3034

Alpine Club of Canada: This group organizes hiking and other trips around Ottawa, as well as the mountains of Quebec, Ontario and the Eastern United States.

Rideau Trail Association: This group organizes excursions mainly along the Rideau Trail, which connects Ottawa to Kingston.

Ottawa Hostel Outdoor Club: This group organizes a variety of outdoors activities from cycling to snowshoeing to hiking.

Oxygène: Gatineau-based outdoors club. French. http: //

The Running Room: walking and running clinics, weekly running groups, races. Check for locations.


Cycling in the city

Ottawa River Parkway: Take the Ottawa River Parkway route to get from Kanata to downtown. This path runs along the Ottawa River and takes you past a few public beaches such as Britannia, eventually ending up at Parliament Hill, which intersects with the Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Colonel By routes.

If you are heading from downtown to Kanata, the Parkway eventually crosses with the Greenbelt path, a 10-kilometre route that goes along the countryside of Carling Avenue. The path officially ends at Andrew Hayden Park.

Rideau Canal: This centrally-located pathway goes right across the city, from downtown out to Hog's Back Falls. This path is most convenient for those who want a quick and efficient way of getting to the Rideau Centre and Byward Market, as it goes along both sides of the Canal, on Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Colonel By Drive.

Experimental Farm Pathway: When you bike along the Rideau Canal and approach Dow's Lake, hang a left at Prince of Wales Drive and head up through the Experimental Farm, where you will pass the Agriculture Museum. This is a nice, leisurely ride that is relaxing and not too challenging, but the scenery is very calm. This eight kilometre route has minimal traffic noise and will end up intersecting with the Ottawa River Parkway and the Lincoln Fields parking lot.

Rockcliffe Park Pathway: An extension of the Ottawa River Parkway, the Rockcliffe Park takes you from the Aviation Parkway path along the Ottawa River to St. Joseph's Boulevard in Orleans.This route takes you past creeks, marshes and beautiful mansions in Ottawa's wealthiest neighbourhood. Note: At some point you will find yourself at the OC Transpo Transitway but you will shortly disappear back into the bushes. The relatively flat route is nine kilometres long.

Aviation Parkway: This route is a five kilometre ride out to the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. The Aviation Parkway itself has vehicles that travel on it but they do not come very close to cyclists.

La Route Verte (Outaouais): A network of trails in Quebec. Visit: for more details.

Cycling Club:


Yoga & Pilates

Yoga Downtown:

Rama Lotus Yoga Centre: On Gladstone. 613 234-7974

Radha Yoga Center: 613 236-3545


Yoga Westboro

Windhorse Yoga: On Wellington Street. 613-798-9642

Yoga Kanata

Blue Bamboo: On Goldridge Drive 613-816-0444

Healthy Roots Fitness: On Maple Grove Road. 613-795-4688

The Kanata Yoga Centre: On Beaverbrook.

Check out for a full directory.


Erichsen Pilates: By Lynn Erichsen in Westboro. 613 728 6969

Pilates Space: On Slater Street. 613 745 2837

Forth Pilates: On Somerset St. West. 613 239 3855


Other Clubs

Rideau Tennis Club: (part of the RA)

Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club: On Cameron Ave (next to Brewer Park) 613 730 7202

Rideau Canoe Club:Hogs back Road.613 225-5546

Carleton Place Canoe Club:

Ottawa Fencing Club:

Ottawa Rugby Club: "For 40, 50 and 60 something's"

Ottawa Curling Club:


Gyms & Fitness Centers:Including aqua fit, indoor cycling, fitness classes, and weight and cardio equipment. Check online for more details and schedules.

The RA, City of Ottawa Sportplex (Nepean, Orleans, Ottawa etc), Ottawa Athletic Club on Lancaster, Carleton University, University of Ottawa and Algonquin College.

Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute: